Twelve associates at McCarter & English, representing six of the firm’s eight offices, have become partners.
“To survive and thrive for 170 years, as our firm has done, requires identifying and promoting talent,” said Michael P. Kelly, chairman of the firm. “Our newest partners are A-plus lawyers and A-plus people. All possess the skill and commitment to our clients that assure the continued success of the common enterprise we have built.”
The new partners are as follows:
Kevin A. Brown advises clients, including for-profit companies and tax-exempt organizations, on employee benefit and executive compensation matters, including the design, drafting and administration of profit-sharing, pension and welfare plans and executive compensation arrangements.
Andrew S. Dupre helps businesses and individuals resolve disputes through litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on complex cross-border lawsuits touching on corporate fiduciary, commercial, intellectual property and environmental claims.
Kia L. Freeman challenges and defends patents in adversarial proceedings. She has significant experience in litigation-related post-issue patent matters, including inter partes review and covered business method patent reviews. Kia also has drafted or supervised the drafting of more than 150 patent applications.
Renée A. Gallagher handles complex litigation in consumer and industrial products, premises liability, wrongful death, mass tort, commercial disputes and class action on behalf of pharmaceutical, medical products, construction and finance companies.
Steven E. Halpern focuses on post-grant patent proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and counseling on freedom-to-operate, invalidity, and infringement evaluations. He has substantial experience in computer and data communications, power electronics, software, food-processing equipment, medical devices and automation and controls, among other technologies.
Walter B. Howell, III has a national practice emphasizing commercial leasing, acquisition and disposition of property, and secured lending. He negotiates and prepares leases for office, industrial and retail properties on behalf of both landlords and tenants. He represents private developers, institutional owners and state agencies in development and disposition. He advises on zoning and land use matters and represents institutional lenders in lending, debt reorganization, forbearance agreements and foreclosures.
Kevin L. Reiner represents companies and individuals in patent prosecution and procurement, licensing and litigation matters. Their technology sectors include mechanical and medical devices, tools and tool systems, drug containers and delivery systems, metal alloys and composite materials, pharmaceutical technologies, laser cutting, drilling and engraving, radiological protection systems, biochemical sensors and herbicidal compositions, among others.
Lori J. Shyavitz helps domestic and international clients with trademark and trade dress selection and clearance issues, advertising and promotion law, licensing, and usage and protection of their intellectual property portfolios. She litigates disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, false advertising, unfair competition and patents, and counsels on unfair competition issues and cyber-squatting, as well as the IP layer of transactions.
Daniel M. Silver focuses on patent litigation, representing plaintiffs in Hatch-Waxman cases and plaintiffs and defendants in traditional patent infringement matters. He has taken the lead on several bench trials, serves as local counsel in state and federal matters in Delaware, and was part of the team that obtained a judgment for the plaintiffs following an eight-day pharmaceuticals trial.
Mark D. Villanueva mediates, arbitrates, sues and defends on behalf of clients in commercial disputes. A regular in state and federal courts, at trials and on appeals, he represents policyholders seeking insurance coverage for claims, including in the areas of directors’ and officers’ liability, professional liability, employment practices liability and asbestos-related bodily injury.
Margarita Wallach helps clients create and develop intellectual property portfolios, and protect them and their value, by litigating trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting and copyright infringement cases in the federal courts. Her cases have involved food products, fine jewelry, designer apparel and perfume, including obtaining judgments of more than $30 million for a jewelry manufacturer and the successful appeal of a color trademark case in the apparel industry.
Natalie S. Watson is an experienced trial attorney whose primary focus is commercial and intellectual property litigation. She defends corporations, individuals and public entities in state and federal courts nationally. She has litigated matters ranging from two-party disputes, to complex class actions and multi-party, multi-district cases. She represents Fortune 500 companies in contract disputes, sexual harassment, personal injury, wrongful death and insurance matters.